As holiday travel ramps up — from those visiting family to students returning from college — do you know what items are — and aren’t — allowed on planes?
The TSA is reminding travelers to prepare accordingly regarding what items should be checked in your luggage.
“Knives are one of the biggest things that we have,” TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said. “We see a ton of people traveling around the holiday time of year with food items that they contribute to the holiday table or bubbly for New Year’s Eve. And those are things that need to go in your checked bag.”
Solid food like candy canes can be carried on, but liquids over 3 ounces — like eggnog — must be checked.
And if you plan on bringing along gifts, TSA recommends using a gift box instead of wrapping paper.
“That would be much easier than us having to unwrap a gift for you,” TSA Supervisor Deborah Simms explained. “And then if you’re running late you’ll have to take the time to unwrap it, then your upset about it being unwrapped.”
As they saying goes, ‘When in doubt, leave it out.’ TSA officials it’s better to check an item just to be safe.
And if you have any questions abut what you can — and can’t carry on a flight …
“We’ve got a free downloadable app called my TSA that has a great feature,” Farbstein added. “You can type in the item and (the app) will let you know right away whether you should pack that in your checked bag or carry on bag.”